I photographed this gorgeous guy at the Melbourne Zoo in 2007.
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL, Processed lovingly in PS CS5.1.
Genus and Species: Pongo pygmaeus (Bornean) and Pongo abelii (Sumatran)
The world’s largest tree-dwelling animal, the orangutan relies upon its intelligence and well-adapted body to survive in the tropical rainforest.
In Malay, “orang utan” means “person of the forest.”
An adult orangutan’s arms can be well over seven feet from fingertip to fingertip.
Once widespread in Asian tropical forests, orangutans now live only on Sumatra and Borneo, where forest loss is the greatest threat to their existence. Naturally occurring forest fires, and those set by farmers and large companies to clear the way for plantations of oil palm, fast-growing pulpwood, and other crops, devastate forests. The destruction spreads even further during dry years. In 1997, an area the size of New Jersey burned in Indonesia, and many of the fires occurred in orangutan habitat. Large reserves and strictly enforced wildlife protection laws are needed to keep orangutans safe from extinction.